I have in the past few years started to collect "Challenge coins". These are small, usually round, coins used by mainly the U.S. military & other oganisations.
are a few versions on the story of how these coins came about
& from talking to various crews at airshows one of
common uses is to offer a "challenge" to other servicemen when in bars
as well as if the person needs to identify their unit quickly
The tradition of a challenge is the
most common way to ensure that
members are carrying their unit's coin.
I started my collection when going to the Mildenhall & Fairford airshows & talking to the crews. I now have started to search on the net & get them imported over (damn the V.A.T. I have pay when they arrive).
Please see below a small selection of the 70+ I now have & also most of them now in the wooden "Stadium" to rest them in. I still need to do a bit of re-positioning of the coins to how I want.